If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious health treat, dark chocolate frozen bananas are an easy option on a hot summer day.
About Dark Chocolate Frozen Bananas
Who ever came up with the idea of chocolate-covered bananas is obviously brilliant.. This recipe is a healthier way to tackle your sweet tooth head on.
If you’ve ever taken your kids or grandkids to the zoo or amusement park, you can’t miss spotting chocolate covered frozen bananas on the menu. These banana pops are an especially welcomed sight if you’re dairy free or just looking for a healthier option in place of ice cream.
What You Need to Make These Chocolate-Dipped Bananas
To make this healthy sweet treat, you need the perfect combination of ripe bananas, high-quality chocolate and coconut oil. It really is an easy recipe.
4 ripe bananas– Firm ripe bananas. Not too ripe, Minimal brown spots only.
1 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate – dark chocolate chips are really easy to find. Get the best quality you can find.
1 tbsp coconut oil – For best results, some coconut oil is needed for consistency.
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How To Make Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas
Line a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment or waxed paper.
Slice the bananas in half with the peels on. While leaving the peels on is not a necessity, it makes handling the bananas so much easier for the next step.
Insert a popsicle stick so that 1-2 inches of the stick is protruding.
Place the peeled banana on the lined baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
Next, place chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl over simmering water.
Stir the chocolate chips until the chocolate melts.
Alternatively, you can use a double boiler to melt the delicious chocolate on the stovetop or use a microwave-safe bowl to melt the chocolate in the microwave.
Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and stir in coconut oil.
Working as quickly as possible. dip banana in the melted chocolate mixture being sure to let any excess chocolate drip.
At this point, you can sprinkle the bananas with any frozen toppings that you like.
Lay the chocolate bananas in a single layer and freeze for another 2 hours until frozen through.
What Type of Bananas to Use for this Recipe?
Since this recipe only uses a few ingredients, it’s important to use the right type of bananas. Use bananas that are ripe but not too ripe. Save the overripe bananas for banana bread.
If the bananas are too ripe, the frozen banana treat will be icy versus creamy, and the dark chocolate will not adhere well.
Some Tips to Get Perfectly Melted Chocolate
This recipe is easy enough to replicate. If you run into any issues, it’s going to be with melting the chocolate. So here are a few tips that can help things go a bit smoother.
You have to move quickly when working with melted chocolate. So be sure to have all the tools you need out ahead of time before you actually need them. This includes having your toppings nearby and ready.
The amount of chocolate in this recipe should be suffice to dip four bananas (or eight banana popsicles). However, if you find it challenging, feel free to melt up to half a cup more chocolate.
I find that using a rubber scraper really helps to get the chocolate off the sides of the bowl and onto the banana, especially coming down to the end.
To avoid getting chocolate clumps in the mixture, use medium low to medium heat. Make sure that the chocolate is not in direct contact with the heat source. If your heat source is too high or the chocolate gets too hot, you will scald the chocolate.
Options for Healthier Toppings
After dipping the bananas (but before the chocolate dries or hardens) you have a glorious opportunity to infuse the recipe with even more flavor. Here are some topping ideas for you:
- hemp seeds
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- chopped nuts
- whole mini dark chocolate chips
Variations to Dark Chocolate Frozen Bananas
Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana Bites: Slice ripe banana into bites before dipping in chocolate and freezing.
Sprinkle dipped bananas with sea salt right before it forms a chocolate shell and place it in the freezer.
Drizzle whole or sliced bananas with white chocolate before freezing.
Are Dark Chocolate Frozen Bananas Healthy?
This simple recipe can also be a healthy option for dessert. Here’s how.
While you can use any chocolate you like, the use of dark chocolate is preferred. Seek out chocolate chips or whole dark chocolate made with at least 70% cacao. If whole chocolate bars are sourced it can be chopped for use in this recipe.
How to Store Leftovers of this Healthy Dessert
Any leftovers should be stored in a freezer safe container for up to one month.
- 3 – 4 large just ripe bananas
- 8 oz dark chocolate (chopped)
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- Chopped, toasted nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios)
- Unsweetened dried coconut shavings
- Hemp seed hearts
- Flaky sea salt
- Crushed/ground freeze dried strawberries or blueberries
- Line a baking sheet or
other flat tray with parchment or waxed paper.
- Cut bananas in half and insert a popsicle stick until 1-2” is left to grip. This is easiest if you cut the bananas before peeling so that you can hold on to the
- Place the peeled bananas on the prepared sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- In a heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate until mostly melted.
- Remove from heat and stir until all the chunks have melted.
- Add 1 tbsp coconut oil and stir until smooth. Add more coconut oil as needed to reach a smooth, easy dipping consistency.
- Now get the toppings ready.
- Dip the frozen bananas into the chocolate. Shake off any excess and sprinkle on toppings.
- Place on the parchment and freeze for another 2 hours until frozen through.
*Bananas that are slightly underripe are best in this recipes. If the bananas are overripe, they will be icy and the chocolate will not hold as well.
*Microwave Instructions: chop the chocolate very finely and heat in 15 second bursts, stirring between heating. Do not overheat chocolate or it will a. burn and b. become very thick.
***If the sliced bananas spent more than 30 minutes in the freezer before dipping, you won't need as much finishing time after dipping in chocolate.
Amount Per Serving Calories 309Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 2mgSodium 91mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 5gSugar 23gProtein 4g
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Fruit for Picky Eaters
If you have a hard time with your kids eating fruits, you’ll be happy to know that banana is a great fruit for picky eaters. Not only is the fruit naturally sweet, but the best part is this is an easy recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen. They can slice the bananas using a kid friendly knife, and will happy to dip the banana pieces in chocolate and can even pick their own toppings.